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Slippery censorship slope

By Luke Wilusz

October 31, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives proposed legislation on Oct. 26 that would boost the Justice Department’s authority to censor websites that illegally host or distribute copyrighted material. While it’s good that the government is protecting intellectual property, and I agree that artists deserve to be recognized—and more importantly, paid for their work—the wording of the proposed “Stop Online Piracy Act” is far too...

Reporters not PR puppets

By Luke Wilusz

October 24, 2011

Video game journalism has, unfortunately, always been heavily influenced by PR representatives from game companies looking to manage the public image of their products. Every now and then, they do a particularly sloppy job of it, as was the case with Electronic Arts, a global games manufacturer, this past week. On Oct. 19, PCGamer.com reported that EA representatives in Norway had been caught trying to pressure reviewers i...

Thanks for spoiling ‘Batman’

By Luke Wilusz

October 10, 2011

I was minding my own business, scrolling down the front page of Gawker Media’s gaming blog, Kotaku.com, on the afternoon of Sept. 30 when I noticed something that demonstrated, at least to me, a blatant disregard and disrespect for the site’s readers. Kotaku ran a preview for the upcoming and highly-anticipated game “Batman: Arkham City,” which wouldn’t ordinarily be an issue, except it included a massive plot spoil...

DC’s ‘empowered women’ defense a joke

By Luke Wilusz

October 3, 2011

I’ve got to hand it to DC Comics—when they set their minds to alienating their readership and upsetting a lot of people, they seem to be second to none. The comic giant’s much-maligned universal reboot saw the end of many ongoing series starring female lead characters, and some of DC’s remaining superheroines have been reduced to shallow, oversexed shells of their former selves.While female superheroes have always ...

Assange’s flaws hurt WikiLeaks

By Luke Wilusz

September 26, 2011

Julian Assange, apparently eager to demonstrate the textbook definition of irony and hypocrisy, has publicly criticized British publisher Canongate Books for publishing an unauthorized memoir of his life. The notorious WikiLeaks head, who has made a name and career for himself by publishing people’s secrets for the world to see, has condemned Canongate for publishing “Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography.”A...

Put effort into privacy

By Luke Wilusz

September 19, 2011

A hacker group calling itself Hollywood Leaks made headlines last week when it posted nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, which were apparently stolen from her mobile phone, to the Web.The FBI is currently investigating this intrusion, along with alleged hacks of several other celebrities’ email accounts, because apparently Johansson’s breasts are a national treasure and must be defended at all costs.All joking aside, though, this...

Cheap stunts ruin comics

By Luke Wilusz

September 12, 2011

DC Comics began a new project called the New 52 on Aug. 31. The project, which was announced in May, is a complete reboot of the DC Universe. The comic book giant is erasing the entire backstory of all of its series and starting fresh by re-launching 52 titles and renumbering them from issue one.This tactic is intended to draw new readers into the hobby and boost sales in a dwindling comic industry, but it seems like more...

Violent rhetoric hurts political discourse

By Luke Wilusz

September 12, 2011

Several conservative blogs and news organizations have recently begun to criticize a new online video game that allows players to kill zombie versions of right-wing pundits and political figures. The game, “Tea Party Zombies Must Die,” goes exactly how it sounds—players move through a 3-D environment while fighting off undead versions of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and other notable conservatives with a crowb...

8-bit education

By Luke Wilusz

September 6, 2011

I can’t imagine grade school without video games. I don’t just mean the ones I played at home, after school, on my trusty old Super Nintendo Entertainment System, although that did eat up hours of my childhood. No, I’m talking about the educational games they had on the computers at school when I was little. Some of my fondest memories from elementary school involve eagerly waiting for other students to leave one of the cla...

Sony should have told customers about hack on day 1

By Luke Wilusz

May 9, 2011

Sony was recently caught up in the largest and most severe online security disaster this generation has ever seen, and the company has only made things worse by poorly handling it almost every step of the way.The trouble started on April 20 when Sony’s PlayStation Network servers were taken offline. Sony said the network was “down for maintenance” at the time. Rumors of a security breach began to circulate on blogs ...

Police should need warrants for GPS vehicle tracking

By Luke Wilusz

May 2, 2011

The U.S. Justice Department is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant it the right to attach GPS tracking devices to suspects’ cars without warrants. The request is part of an appeal of an August 2010 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., circuit.The court overturned the 1983 conviction and life sentence of a cocaine dealer based on the lack of police warrants for a tracking device in his vehicle. T...

Fourth Amendment, due process are necessary, not optional

By Luke Wilusz

April 25, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking Congress for the right to ignore the First Amendment.A coalition of Internet service providers and other groups called Digital Due Process—which includes Google Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation—has been lobbying to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Government and law enforcement officials currently require no probab...

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